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presented by Amanda Miller

This one-day seminar will guide students through the college application process, covering the most important information and most common pitfalls students face.

This seminar is specifically timed to be exactly one month prior to the earliest admission deadline of October 15th.  Students will leave with the tools they need to complete applications successfully and in a timely manner.


Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


presented by Amanda Miller 


The college process can be overwhelming to seniors and their parents.  The Davidson Center College Application Course is designed to break up the process into manageable pieces to keep seniors on track and confident.     This  class will guide seniors through the college application process in a way that emphasizes personal accountability and long-term planning.  It’s a collaborative, low-stress environment for students which meets every other week.

Space is limited.

Saturdays from 9 a.m - 3 p.m.

  • August 25th
  • September 8th
  • September 22nd
  • October 6th:  Essay Finalization with Resident Specialist
  • October 13th






Top Colleges Are Cheaper Than You Think (Unless You’re Rich)


Colleges where The Davidson Center Seniors were accepted

  • University of Alabama
  • American University
  • Auburn University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Clemson University
  • Cornell University
  • Davidson College
  • Elon University
  • Fairfield University
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • Furman University
  • George Washington University
  • Guilford colelge
  • High Point University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Meredith College
  • Northeastern University
  • NC State
  • Notre Dame University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Richmond
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Sewanee
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Virginia Tech
  • Villanova University
  • Wake Forest
  • Wentworth College
  • Wofford


  • Appalachian State
  • Asheville
  • Charlotte
  • Chapel Hill
  • Eastern Carolina
  • Greensboro
  • Wilmington

*BOLD is student’s choice to attend

Published Articles of Interest for High School Students and Their Parents

Why is it so hard to Calculate?  What you’ll pay for College.


College’s first test:  How to pay for it.

Official Publications from the Independent Educational Consultants Association for Students and Parents


10 Important ways IECA members are unlike other Independent Educational Consultants


Principles of Good Practice


How to Find the Right College


10 Tips for College Visits


What Colleges Look for in High School Students


Common College Myths

How to Pay for College


Differences Between High School and College Accommodations for Students with Disabilities


Common College Accommodations/Services

Discovering Your Path ATTENTION: Rising Freshman-Juniors!

The Davidson Center’s unique opportunity for underclassmen (rising freshmen-juniors) to unpack their goals, research aligned opportunities, complete high school must-do’s, and map out a path for the rest of high school.  Too many students stress too much (or sometimes too little) about post-secondary plans.  This week-long session enables students to calmly, yet efficiently explore their trajectory in a no-pressure, engaging environment.  Both students who have no ideas for life beyond high school and those who think they know exactly what they want  are suited for this workshop.

Topics Include:  Basic and advanced self assessments, major/career exploration, resume generation, finding the right college fit, college application basics, and introduction to summer programs

Students will walk away with the following:  a well-fitted, academically matched list of colleges to explore this school year, a powerful resume and the skills to keep it sharp, a completed practice college application & brainstormed essay topics, a better comprehension of the college admissions process and how to tackle it, a skill set to search & apply for scholarships successfully, and an action plan through junior year.

Parents BONUS Financial Aid Information Session

Dates:  July 23 –  July 27, from 9am – 2pm (30 minute working lunch)

Cost:  $850





College Essay Writing Workshop


This package is composed of 2 hours with our Essay Specialist, Larina Pierce, in a workshop at The Davidson Center, plus 30 additional minutes of her time (via Google Drive) devoted to reading and commenting on your specific admission and/or scholarship essays.


During the workshop, students will read examples of successful college essays, learn what to do and what not to do,m consider what they most want to communicate to prospective colleges, brainstorm appropriate topics, begin writing responses to actual essay prompts, and offer guided feedback to peers.




College Essay Writing Workshop

Presented by Larina Pierce, M.A., J.D.

Learn the skills and techniques to write your essay for college applications!

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:00pm – 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Cost:  $200

Call for reservations! Space is limited. 704.892.4533

Great Articles for Parents Who Want to Know What is Happening Today in College Admissions

Great Articles for Parents Who Want to Know What is Happening Today in College Admissions

What Colleges Want in an Application (Everything):

Ten Things to Know About Getting Into Your Dream College:

Six Myths About Choosing a College Major:

Where STEM Jobs Are (and where they aren’t):

The Malia Impact: Counselors Consider the Growing Interest of Gap Year

Between Hands-Off and Helicopter: How to Parent During the College Search Process

It was so easy to get our kids into the best preschool! At 4:00 a.m., my husband was the first in line for the few available openings. We read all the parenting books and successfully potty-trained three “non-biters.” From preschool to high school, we lost control. Nagging didn’t induce more studying and pulling strings doesn’t work with college admissions offices. We had to find a new way of “helping” that didn’t alienate our teenagers and improved their chances at finding the right colleges. Here are a few techniques that worked for us.

EARLY is the key to success. Not exactly being like first in line for preschool spots, but similar. Start thinking about possible colleges as early as the ninth grade. Know what colleges are looking for in students’ high school experiences and actively make sure they‘re taking the courses they need.

Teach “survival” skills EARLY. At age 10, it can be a “cool” thing to know how to do your own laundry. At 17, it’s the last thing you want to squeeze into your school, sports and social schedule. College freshmen – now called “first years” in most schools – have the hardest time with three things: laundry, time management, and alcohol. Make them do the first as soon as they can reach, let them struggle – with your support – to learn the second, and speak often and openly about how to handle the third.

Allow your kids as much freedom as possible EARLY. You can step in if you notice small failures – when they’re in college it’s too late. The boy whose mom not only made, but also cut his waffles may have a hard time even getting up in time for breakfast at the college dining hall. This list of “freedoms” includes:

  • Handling money – a checking account and credit card
  • Car maintenance – pumping gas and inflating tires among other skills
  • Basic cooking – knowing how to make two or three meals
  • Making one’s own schedule – making appointments and keeping them
  • Responsible Communication – calling or texting with schedule changes and other important information, and checking email regularly

Kids learn from experience. When they tackle new responsibilities while still living at home, you can alleviate the pain and consequences of mistakes and praise their successes!

Finish college applications EARLY – before Labor Day of senior year. One dad who works in Penn State’s admissions office told his kids that he would pay for all applications submitted before then – but not after Labor Day weekend. Apply EARLY – narrowing your choices down can dramatically increase acceptance chances!

Finally, communicate EARLY on to your student and college counselor the financial parameters for college choices. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing the exact amount you are prepared to pay, each college is required to have a “Net Price Calculator” on the admissions page of its website. Use this tool to determine whether specific schools are financially feasible and to help finalize a realistic college list.

While the basics of raising babies and toddlers haven’t changed much, the college application experience is completely different for high school students than it was when their parents applied. Encourage your child’s independence EARLY and get as much support as possible from college admissions professionals to make this next parenting stage more stress-free than the “terrible two’s!”